COOPERSTOWN The home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame is getting ready for a visit this week from President Barack Obama.
The president announced during his weekly radio address Saturday that he'll be in the upstate village of Cooperstown on Thursday to stress how tourism can lead to good-paying jobs.
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's website says it will be closed Thursday for Obama's visit to the shrine to the national pastime. He'll be the first sitting president to visit the hall.
The president's visit will provide a kick-start to what's expected to be one of Cooperstown's busiest summers in years. This season's highlights include Saturday's Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field, the Hall of Fame's 75th anniversary in June and induction ceremonies in July.